A summary for those that haven’t been keeping up with this series:
I found a bunch of 5.25″ disks at a thrift store a number of years ago. I finally got around to acquring a 5.25″ disk drive and extracting the contents a while back. Since then I have been posting the contents here.
Based on the contents, at least some of these disks were apparently once owned by someone named Connie A. Buys who used to run the “Close Encounters” Special Interest Group (SIG) on Delphi in the mid 1980s.
A specific definition of this SIG was found in a previous document on one of the disks: “This SIG, known as “Close Encounters”, is a forum for the discussion of relationships that develop via computer services like the Source, CompuServe, and Delphi. Our primary emphasis is on the sexual aspects of those relationships.”
Everything was text based from whatever terminal program you used to dial in to Delphi’s servers. Many of these disks have forum messages, e-mails and chat session logs. All of this is pre-internet stuff and I don’t know if there are any archives in existence today of what was on Delphi in the 1980s. In any case, much of this stuff would have been private at the time and some of it is quite personal.
I’ve been splitting up the contents of this disk (descriptively labeled “File Disk”) since it contains a number of documents, some of which are pretty long. A 5.25″ floppy disk can still hold an impressive amount of info when it is just text. (see the previous parts here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8).
The contents of this post includes the contents of a document called MAIL.DOC. It appears to be a screen log of Connie checking her e-mail, of which there are a few, and then the more interesting part…she issues a search commmand that appears to search Delphi for people with the string “psyc” in the occupation portion of their profile. What follows is a list of people who are psychiatrists or psychologists along witht their profiles which include various interesting things. Personally, I liked seeing what computers they all used :).
#1 30-OCT-1985 21:35:43 NEWMAIL From: BOS1A::JOHNMYSELF To: CABUYS,JOHNMYSELF Subj: hi and other things Hi Lover. Hope all is well with you. would like you to archive the poll on membership. I commented in message 315 on the results. will get started this week on final details for your suggested contest. hope to be ready for friday.
catch you later love. KISSes ...... MAIL> #2 30-OCT-1985 23:33:09 NEWMAIL From: BOS2A::QUICKRODNEY To: CABUYS Subj: The mag... Connie, It'll be in tomorrow's mail. Interesting article... I'd be interested if the pe rsons in there are anyone we know...? Anyway, good luck... see ya 'round John MAIL> sea What KEYWORD:occupation Search for:psyc Matches found for the following membernames: BUTLER DAVIDSTEWART DEACON DGARBER DRBOB408 DRJ017 EUGENEROSEN FHAPGOOD GARLOCK GES GRANT GSPOT HUGHCLEGG JANI KIM LOCKE MELISANDE NICHOLSON NYCSHRINK PHYL PRK PSYCHE RANJAN RUBINP SHRINK724 SIGGYFREUD SLANDMAN TATAM Would you like the complete profiles printed for the selected membernames?y Hit CTRL/C or CTRL/O to cancel display of users profiles. MEMBER-NAME : BUTLER NAME : RHETT H TOMPKINS COMPUTERS : APPLE II+,^64K INTERESTS : COMPUTER FANTASY GAMES: WIZARDRY, LOCATION : CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. OCCUPATION: SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST, INTERESTED IN COGNITIVE TESTING WITH COMPUTERS. TERM-SOFT : NETWORKER MEMBER-NAME : DAVIDSTEWART NAME : David Stewart AGE : 36 COMPUTERS : APPLE //e LOCATION : DURHAM, NC OCCUPATION: Clinical Psychologist TERM-SOFT : Ascii Express the Pro USERNAME : DAVIDSTEWART MEMBER-NAME : DEACON NAME : JIM BEARDSLEY AGE : 52 COMPUTERS : IBM PC; XT (AT WORK) LOCATION : LA CROSSE, WI OCCUPATION: PSYCHOLOGIST (NEUROPSYCHOLOGIST) TERM-SOFT : BIZCOMP & CROSSTALK XVI MEMBER-NAME : DGARBER NAME : Douglas M. Garber COMPUTERS : IBM-PC INTERESTS : Videodiscs, authoring systems, simulations LOCATION : Dearborn, MI OCCUPATION: Industrial Psychologist TERM-SOFT : PC-TALK MEMBER-NAME : DRBOB408 NAME : DRBOB408 AUTHOR : LOVE HERBERT, HEINLEIN, KING, AND MOST SCI FICTION/SCI FANTASY COMPUTERS : EPSON QX-10 LOCATION : TANNERSVILLE, PA OCCUPATION: HUMANISTIC/EXISTENTIAL/TRANSPERSONAL PSYCHOLOGIST - COLLEGE PROFESSOR PET : A BEAUTIFUL BLACK PERSIAN NAMED BEBA PHILOSOPHY: I BELIEVE THAT PEOPLE HAVE GOTTEN TOO FAR FROM NATURE AND TOO FAR FROM EACH OTHER. I AM LOOKING FOR MY CONNECTION WITH NATURE REALNAME : BOB WILDBLOOD TERM-SOFT : MDM798 ZODIAC : TAURUS; MAY 8 - I HAVE ALL THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE BULL MEMBER-NAME : DRJ017 NAME : DON COMPUTERS : KAYPRO II LOCATION : ORANGE, TEXAS OCCUPATION: I AM A PSYCHOLOGIST WORKING IN A COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH CLINIC, AND AM NEARLY FINISHED WORK ON MY PH.D. PERS.INTER: I'M SINGLLE, LIVE IN A SMALL TOWN. ENJOY MEETING NEW PEOPLE ESP. WOMEN. I LIKE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES (BEACH, TENNIS, GOLF, PICNICS) PROF.INTER: ESSIONALLY, I'M INTERESTED IN MEDICINE, NEUROPSYCHOLOGY, AND THE BIO-CHEMICAL BASEEHAVIOR. I ALSO HAVE A GENERAL INTEREST IN MOST OF THE SCIENCES. TERM-SOFT : TERM. AN ADM3A DUMB TERMINAL EMULATOR. MEMBER-NAME : EUGENEROSEN NAME : EUGENE E. ROSEN AGE : 41 YRS BIRTHDATE APRIL 20(CUSP OF ARIES AND TAURUS) COMPUTERS : APPLE MACINTOSH LIKES : TWO----TITA (TWENTY LBS.) AND SARA (LILAC PT. HIMALAYAN 2 GRAMS) MEXICAN FOOD... QUIET SNOWFAMLL....SUMMER STORMS ...... GADGETS.....PLANTS LOCATION : NEWTOWN, CT. OCCUPATION: CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST (ASSOCIATE WITH M.A.) IN STATE MENTAL INSTITUTION ORIGINS : BORN AND RAISED IN EL PASO, TEXAS (RUSSIAN JEWISH PARENTS) PERSONAL : BEST FRIEND LOVER AND ROOMATE SOFTWARE : source bce618, compuserve 74066,3444 mci mail erosen SPORTS : METS (DARRYL STRAWBERRY,) TERM-SOFT : RED RYDER MEMBER-NAME : FHAPGOOD NAME : Fred Hapgood COMPUTERS : IBM PC INTERESTS : I have a Border Terrier and like to cook. LOCATION : Boston Ma OCCUPATION: I am a free-lance science writer, and have been for several years. Right now I am a contributing editor to *Science 85*. Recently I wrote an article on soybeans for *N